What does the concept of circular economy imply for food value chains? Which social and institutional mechanisms are needed to move towards a circular food system?
Organising Responsibility and Profitability in the Food Chain
What does the concept of circular economy imply for food value chains? Which social and institutional mechanisms are needed to move towards a circular food system? Dr. Roel Jongeneel will bring together the discussion on farm income and the role of the wider economy by discussing the role of the food chain. What are current challenges in pricing of food products, and how could we deal with these? Prof. dr. Stefano Pascucci will discuss key struggles of so-called conventional and linear food systems, and present examples on how to rethink ‘food futures’ by looking at design principles of regenerative and circular food systems. How can we apply such principles at both global and local/community scale?
About the speakers
Prof. dr. Stefano Pascucci is Professor in Sustainability and Circular Economy at the Business School and affiliate at the Environment and Sustainability Institute of the University of Exeter. As an applied economist, he developed an interest for sustainability as connected to organisation theories, innovation management, and value chain analysis. His research focuses on agribusiness, sustainability and circular economy. He is particularly concerned about how to analyse the interplay between sustainability, collaborative (open) innovation, and value chain configurations. Prior to joining the University of Exeter Business School in September 2016, Stefano Pascucci was an associate professor in innovation and organisation of agribusiness at the Management Studies Group of Wageningen University. He holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics and Policy from University of Naples Federico II (IT). Stefano Pascucci is also visiting researcher at the Management Studies Group of Wageningen University.
Dr. Roel Jongeneel is senior scientist at Wageningen Economic Research and assistant professor at the Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy of Wageningen University. His research is focused on agricultural policy analysis and developing market outlooks for key agricultural markets, taking into account worldwide developments (political, climate, macro-economic) and agricultural, environmental, and trade policies. In addition to scientific publications, he wrote several books on agriculture and food systems, and is columnist of the Dutch agricultural newspaper Boerderij Vandaag.
About lecture series Economic Perspectives for a Circular Food System
Attention for circular food systems is booming. Now that Dutch agriculture has to move towards circularity, it becomes clear that a lot of questions with regard to the business model for food producers, fair and true pricing along the chain, and the economic system in general, remain unanswered. For example, can farmers make a living from circular production? Are consumers and retailers willing to reward circularity? How do we organise responsibility in the food chain? Are there options to move beyond growth and GDP? In this series we will discuss these questions and explore the role of the economy in the transformation towards a circular food system.
This series is organised in collaboration with the Animal Production Systems group, Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy group, and Wageningen Economic Research. These four public events can be followed separately. They can also be followed as part of a new university course (capita selecta, 3 ECTS) which is organised in period 5, in the evening.